I'm a brand-new, first-time parent, and since I have a clean slate to work with, I'd like to get off to good start. As you can imagine, I'm anxious to do the best and most efficient job possible of raising my child. What are your thoughts on discipline in the early childhood years? How soon should I begin disciplining in earnest?
Excellent question. As you know, children pass through a wide range of developmental phases during the first couple of years of life. It should be obvious that there are different sets of parental responses appropriate to a child's behaviour at each stage.